For Jamie Wolf, designing jewelry comes just as smoothly as a plié, jeté or pirouette.
The 30-year-old New Yorker spent her entire childhood gearing up for her dance career in the New York City Ballet’s corps — but now she’s onto something more precious. Wolf, who started her eponymous jewelry line several years ago using beads and other mundane materials in between seasons at NYCB, has developed her collection into a fine jewelry line rife with diamond accents, precious gemstones and intricate gold work.
“The 10 years I spent as a dancer influenced my instincts,” says Wolf. “Everything I love has a certain femininity and a clear attention to detail.”
Wolf’s newest pieces incorporate 18-karat gold with tourmalines, pearls and diamonds. Her signature matte finish, the filigree and metal carvings are floral inspired. Wide bangles are etched in a leaf pattern with a rose-cut diamond fixed in the center of each leaf. Other standouts include Wolf’s cabochon cocktail rings with a skirt of pavé diamonds around the milky pastel stones and her dainty drop earring in pink rose quartz. Prices in the collection range from $500 to $15,000.
Going forward, Wolf, whose sales hit $2.2 million in 2008, is strategizing to grow her business. As such, she’s getting more face time, doing trunk shows at stores such as Mitchells in Connecticut, Neapolitan in Chicago, Pink Tangerine in Palo Alto, Calif., Reinhold in San Juan, Twist in Portland and Barneys New York, which has carried the line since its inception.
“The collection has grown to reflect a very clear vision,” says Wolf. “Like me, the woman I’m designing for looks for pieces that strike a balance between luxury and utility. She appreciates detail and elegance and has an eye for what is clean and hip.”
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“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
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